After so many explosive and let’s-kill-as-many-as-we-can, movies this year I was ready for a good mystery. John Crowley’s Closed Circuit seemed promising. Unfortunately, just taking a rest in the dark, quiet theater was more rewarding than this international suspense thriller.
In London, a busy outdoor market place has delivery trucks coming and going. When one driver seems to ignore a warning by a man in the crowd that he's too close to the mer- chandise, the driver ignores him. Seconds later the truck explodes and many die.
Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto) is the Turkish terrorist bomber accused of the action. That the English legal system is very different than ours becomes painfully clear in this drawn out, boring plot.
The defendant is given (not a lawyer as we call them) a solicitor and a barrister. However, because the government has evidence so secret that neither the solicitor nor barrister will see, Erdogan is assigned a special advocate – actually, two of them.
What the officials don't know is that the advocates, Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall) and Martin Rose (Eric Bana) are former lovers. They are not allowed to speak to each other or share information as both try to clear this man as the bomber. Talk about confusing!
When Claudia uncovers some key information that might clear Erdogan she tries to keep to the stipulations of not discussing the case with Martin. Yet, even though there is as much chemistry between the two as an ice cube and a blow dryer, they do secretly get together often and question their relationship.